Update on Negotiations

On 28th September 2018 the ACP Group of States and the EU began negotiations for a successor Agreement to the Cotonou Agreement which comes to an end in February 2020. This section contains all you need to know about the negotiations.

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Chief Negotiators meet in Chad to advance new ACP-EU Partnership negotiations

Brussels, 28 March 2019/ACP: The Republic of Chad will host the 4th Meeting of the ACP Ministerial Central Negotiating Group on 3 April, which will be followed by the 3rd Meeting of the ACP-EU Chief Negotiators on 4 April in the capital N'Djamena. This follows the offer by the Chadian authorities to host the meeting at the last ministerial meeting of the CNG held in the margins of the 108th session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers, which was also chaired by Chad.
 

Landmark Resolution Calls for ACP-EU Partnership's 'Greater Presence' at the UN

Brussels 01 April 2019/ACP:  In a landmark resolution, the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly's 37th Session from March 18-20, 2019 in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, has called for the ACP-EU partnership to have "a greater presence at the UN with, as a minimum, an ACP-EU coordination unit having a seat at the UN."

It also pleads for "permanent ACP-EU working mechanisms across UN special agencies and other global institutions to enhance the global visibility of the ACP-EU partnership."

ACP Launches Emergency Appeal for Victims of Cyclone Idai

Brussels, 26 March 2019/ACP: The severe floods and devastating impacts of Cyclone Idai have resulted in substantial loss of life and livelihoods, significant damage to public and private infrastructure and the displacement of thousands of people in the affected Southern African countries of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. 

Inter-Regional High-Level Consultation in Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados 26 March 2019/ACP:  ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes will address a two-day inter-regional high-level consultation in Barbados from 26 to 27 March 2019 on comparative regionalism in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.
 
The conference, dubbed “Revisiting the Georgetown Agreement: Comparative Region-Building in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific” is being organised by the ACP Secretariat, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC), and the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy & Service.
 

South-South cooperation crucial to tackle global challenges

Buenos Aires, 21 March 2019/ACP/UNOSSC: South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC) have emerged as important solutions for many of today’s largest development challenges, and should be seen as critical complements to North-South cooperation, says a new report by The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).

37th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Bucharest, 19 March 2019/ACP: The 37th plenary of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly(JPA) was formally opened on Monday 18 March by Louis Michel and Joseph Owana Kono, co-presidents of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), Maria-Magdalena Grigore, State Secretary in the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Călin Popescu Tăriceanu, President of the Romanian Senate.

ACP Group and UNOSSC make good on MoU with publication of first report on South-South Cooperation


Brussels, 18 March 2019/ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)  published a joint report titled, “South-South in Action” which will be launched during a side event hosted by the ACP Group of States at the upcoming Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) in Buenos, Aires, Argentina.
 

BAPA+40: ACP Side Event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 21-3-2019

ACP Sends Condolences to the Government and People of Ethiopia

Brussels 12 March 2019/ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Dr. Patrick I. Gomes sent a message of condolence to the Government and People of Ethiopia following the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 to Nairobi which claimed all 157 lives on board.
 
Dr Gomes, on behalf of the Secretariat, conveyed deepest sympathy to the families, friends and loved ones of the deceased.
 
 

The ACP Group renews its support for the largest pan-African film festival and launches the new ACP-EU Culture programme

Brussels, 11 March 2019/ACP: Mr Léonard-Emile Ognimba, Assistant-Secretary-General of the ACP Group, together with the Director General for Development and International Cooperation of the European Commission, Mr Stefano Manservisi, officially launched the new ACP-EU Culture Programme on the occasion of the 26th edition of The Ouagadougou Pan-African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO), on 24 February 2019 in Ouagadougou.


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